In a world that is never ending work and stress the diagnosis and common knowledge of anxiety disorders have grown. This is a beautiful gift to those who suffer from these disorders because the topic of mental illness is no longer a taboo topic. With all of this change, it allows people like me to write about my experiences and share what I have learned helps and hurts.

With the day-to-day grind of making sure to work through emotions, make it through a day without a breakdown, or even get out of bed wear away on the bodies and souls of those with anxiety. Depending on who they are it can vary from high stress to agoraphobia (the fear of leaving the house). Having to deal with any level of additional stress in this day and age makes it hard to keep going, but here are some ways on how to fight anxiety naturally.

1. Don’t Walk Alone

Even though anxiety makes you feel like you are less than perfect and that stepping out towards others is the worst idea possible… DO IT! Walking alone is just asking for fear and sorrow to jump into your ears and take you down. There are many paths to take when it comes to finding an outlet for the social butterfly hidden deep down inside.

  • Find a support group- this can be for general anxiety or a specific type of disorder such as PTSD, specific phobias or panic disorders.
  • Go to a counselor- counselors often get a bad reputation, I myself was even against the idea at one point, but they are worth every second of your time. Having your very own human to talk to is an amazing way to work through your problems.
  • Join a fun group- look at your local library, community center or church. There are often groups for many different interests. Zumba, knitting, Yoga, painting, reading and more!

Although it can seem scary, step out!

2. Find “Me Time”

In this fast-paced world we all live in it can be hard to spend time focusing on ourselves. Although in the last point I said to get out and be with others it is also important to keep the balance of letting the introvert in you shine! Here are some relaxing things to do with your “me time”.

  • Give yourself a facial
  • Read a book- try to pick a topic that makes you happy not stressed.
  • Take a bath with a fun bath bomb or gel
  • Sit outside and listen to the birds sing
  • Find a weird app and play a new game

3. Remember That Life Is Too Short To Do Things That Don’t Bring You Joy

Do you enjoy your job? Do you feel that the people around you bring you higher? If not then why are you staying put? Life is far too short to spend it sad and frustrated when that frustration can be ended. If something in your life doesn’t bring you joy and you can avoid it then you should. Don’t look back in thirty years and see that you hated every waking moment of life. If you feel like cutting out these stressful and frustrating things will leave you feeling alone purposeless, look at numbers 1 and 2. It is a beautiful thing to find a fresh start and scooping out what doesn’t bring you joy might be the first step on that journey. This doesn’t mean that everything that makes you upset or stressed can be cut out, life is life, but some things can be changed.

I leave you with one of my favorite quotes-

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” -Earl Nightingale

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